Leiths School of Food and Wine - 2.44 miles
Leiths School of Food and Wine is a leading London cookery school for both professional and amateur cooks; it is based in the Chiswick area of London, England. Leiths offers professional courses from the Leiths Diploma in Food and Wine (a one year course) to shorter certificate courses, they are ideal for those looking for a career in the food or wine industry. Leiths also holds enjoyable one week classes, evening classes, Saturday morning classes and one day classes ranging from knife skills classes to Middle Eastern cuisine, for the enthusiastic home cook looking to improve on their skills or learn new cuisines and techniques. Leiths hold evening drinks classes include Champagne, specialty beer and food matching, and matching wine with food. Gift vouchers for all classes can be purchased via the website and make the perfect present for any keen cook.
Chiswick House - London - 3.76 miles
One of the most glorious examples of 18th-century British architecture, Chiswick House was designed by the third Earl of Burlington (1694-1753). A promoter of the Palladian style pioneered by Inigo Jones, Burlington sought to create the kind of house and garden found in the suburbs of ancient Rome. To do this, he employed William Kent to design sumptuous interiors to contrast with the pure white exterior. An exhibition and video tell the story of the house, grounds and Lord Burlington, including his ‘grand tours’ of Europe. As you walk through the house, take in the splendour of the Gallery with its beautiful painted and gilded ceiling, and discover the Red, Blue and Green Velvet rooms. Then step into the classical gardens – a perfect complement to the house itself. The grounds are fascinating – look for the unique statuary in the Italianate gardens and the recently restored water cascade.
Kew Gardens - London - 4.67 miles
Three hundred acres of botanical delights grace Kew Gardens, which lies on the south bank of the Thames River between Richmond and Kew in the suburbs of south-west London. The gardens today present an enjoyable mix of landscaped lawns, formal gardens, and greenhouses. Equally important, Kew functions as a botanical research centre and maintains the largest plant collection in the world. The various greenhouses display plants from across the world in climate controlled environments, while Kew Gardens Gallery houses art and photographs illustrating botanical themes. Queen Charlotte's Cottage (open only in summer) is a pretty summerhouse lying alongside a lake. The Chinese Pagoda is arguably Kew's most recognizable structure.